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A Cool Mona Book Review: Before The Fall

Before The Fall by Noah Hawley, published 2016. A private plane, a 9-seat OSPRY 700SL, goes down between Martha’s Vineyard and Teterboro. It’s a smart, compelling drama about mortality and rebirth that I finished in 2 short days. The occupants were an interesting lot with the only survivors being a painter and a 4 year …

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10 Signs A Crazymaker Is Ruining Your Life

Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way and It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again explains how to spot—and remove—the crazymakers from your life. Crazymakers are people who thwart the creativity of those they purportedly love. Crazymakers can turn up anywhere—they could be your spouse, your child, your neighbor, your boss. If you are involved with …

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A Cool Mona Book Review: The Door

The Door by Magda Szabo, one of Hungary’s most important 20th-­century writers. This novel has quite the history: The Door, Szabo’s best-known novel, was originally published in Hungary in 1987, translated from the Hungarian into English in 1995 and again in 2005 for British publication. The British translation won the 2006 Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize and …

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3 Kinds Of Grief Nobody Talks About

Some of our most cutting losses can go unrecognized by family and friends, even ourselves.  The Loss Of A Person We Once Knew Sometimes the people we love change in significant ways. They’re still in our life—but not in the way you remember or once knew them. Illness often changes people, especially mental illness or dementia. …

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A Cool Mona Masterpiece: Live From A “Barrage” In Flushing, Queens

They did it on Friday nights anyway, drinking, telling stories, discussing rock music, so why not invite a few more to the party? And that’s how the weekly radio show and podcast, Live From the Barrage came to life. From John Houlihan’s wood-frame, unheated – no bathroom – no running water garage in Flushing, Queens. …